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Dip coating of calcium hydroxyapatite on Ti-6Al-4V substrates

Mavis, B
Tas, AC
Ti-6Al-4V alloy is the most commonly used metallic material in the manufacture of orthopedic implants. The main inorganic phase of human bone is calcium hydroxyapatite (Ca-10(PO4)(6)-(OH)(2), HA). To achieve better biocompatibility with bone, metal implants made of Ti-6Al-4V are often coated with bioceramics. Dip-coating techniques scarcely are used to apply HA onto metallic implants. New dipping-solution recipes to be used for HA coatings are described in this work. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry have been used for sample characterization.